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Spring 2022  ›  Bachelor of Science  ›  Bachelor of Science - 6th Semester  ›  Seminar

Seminar: Leadership Styles and their Representatives

Course Code:
Prof. Dr. Miriam Müthel
Course Type:
BSc Course
Week Hours:
Spring 2022
(Please note that exchange students obtain a higher number of credits in the BSc-program at WHU than listed here. For further information please contact directly the International Relations Office.)
The fundamental objective of this course is to explore various leadership styles of top managers (i.e., generally CEOs) in the context of multinational companies. We will discuss leadership styles such as charismatic, authentic, and responsible leadership and explore how actual business leaders of multinational companies enact these styles, and what their benefits and downsides are.
Thursday, 20/01/2022
11:30 AM till 01:00 PM
Thursday, 17/02/2022
01:45 PM till 07:00 PM
Learn about Leadership
  • Students will gain a profound understanding of specific leadership styles (through their thesis)
  • Students will gain a broad understanding of the variety of leadership styles (as provided during the presentations)
  • Students discuss research frameworks and managerial implications in the field of leadership and thus understand the current challenges leaders are facing.

Learn how to write a BSc-Thesis

  • Students will write in teams of 3, so that the total amount of pages written is equivalent to the BSc-Thesis
  • Students will learn how to conduct an efficient literature review
  • Students will learn how to develop a research framework for their thesis
  • Students will learn how to structure their thesis
  • Students will learn how to identify managerial implications
Each student team will be provided a reading list for their respective leadership style.

Optional Reading:

Yukl (2013) Leadership in Organizations, 8/E, ISBN-10: 0132771861 • ISBN-13: 9780132771863

Students will write a thesis including a scientific analysis of the respective leadership style and a self-chosen practical example (i.e. a top manager known from the media). Thesis outcomes will be presented and discussed in class.
1) Thesis 70% (80% Individual Grade, 20% Team Grade)
2) Group Presentation 30% (Team Grade)